The UCL Institute for Environmental Design & Engineering (IEDE) pursues a deeper understanding of the role played by buildings and the urban environment in tackling some of the greatest challenges facing mankind. Our multidisciplinary research programme and strong industry links provide an excellent foundation for PhD study.
Modes and duration
Full-time students study for 37.5 hours per week. Part-time students normally attend half this amount. Research students are required to be in continuous attendance, apart from periods of leave.
Tuition fees (2019/20)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website.
A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a relevant subject, is essential. Exceptionally: where applicants have other suitable research or professional experience, they may be admitted without a Master's degree; or where applicants have a lower second-class UK Honours Bachelor's degree (2:2) (or equivalent) they must possess a relevant Master's degree to be admitted. We expect any successful application to include a sufficiently strong and convincing proposal, and those holding a Master's degree are typically well prepared to provide one. Relevant work experience is highly desirable.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Standard
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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Our academics, doctoral and postdoctoral researchers carry out world-leading research in the field of sustainable building design and engineering. Our research is original, influential, and always relevant to the biggest challenges facing mankind. Our themes are interdisciplinary, overlapping, and dynamic. Underpinning our research is a formidable range of expertise in the form of outstanding problem and curiosity-driven research by teams and individuals.
- Building Performance and Processes
- Energy Use in Buildings
- Building Stock Modelling
- Healthy Buildings
- Environmental Policy
- Environmental Performance
- Light and Lighting
- Facility Management
- Outdoor Environment
- Systems Thinking
- Workplace Innovation
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) consists of a piece of supervised research, normally undertaken over a period of three years full-time. Assessment is by means of a thesis, which should demonstrate your capacity to pursue original research based upon a good understanding of the research techniques and concepts appropriate to the discipline.
Initially, you will be registered for the MPhil degree. If you wish to proceed to a PhD, you will be required to pass an 'Upgrade' assessment. The purpose of the upgrade is to assess your progress and ability to complete your PhD programme to a good standard and in a reasonable time frame. It is expected that a full-time student will attempt upgrade within 18 months of registration.
As a research student, your additional costs may include expenses such as books, conference attendance and field research, in the UK or overseas. The Bartlett Faculty Office provides financial support to students through the Bartlett Student Conference Fund, Bartlett Doctoral Initiative Fund and Bartlett Extenuating Circumstances Fund. However, please note that these funds are limited and available through competition.
UCL offers a range of financial awards aimed at assisting both prospective and current students with their studies.
Any additional funding available from the Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering and the Built Environment Faculty Office are advertised on the respective websites.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
A PhD indicates a highly qualified researcher, capable of independent analytical thought. It is a highly regarded qualification for those wishing to attain senior management positions in industry, consultancies and public sector organisations and is essential for those interested in pursuing careers in academia. Our alumni have gone on to careers in academic teaching and research as well as consultancies, industry, government and policy organisations.
IEDE aims to train highly employable graduates who are equipped with the required analytical capability, research knowledge, management skills, and professional values to become leaders and entrepreneurs in their chosen field. Leadership, communication, teamwork, language and business skills are refined in the high-quality multidisciplinary research environment through our taught programmes, workshops, internal and external seminars.
Supervision and mentorship is available from world-leading researchers with national and international contacts and collaborations across policy, government, industry and academic sectors. The Bartlett is built on enterprise, and the same is true of IEDE - the enterprise of our own outstanding thinkers, researchers and academics, and the enterprise of our numerous external partners. We work with organisations such as Arup, Aedas, BR, Buro Happold, Feilden Clegg Bradley, Hawkins Brown, NICE and Max Fordham. Our students also gain access to networking events, career workshops and exclusive seminars held by IEDE and the other institutes within the school.
Why study this degree at UCL?
Are you interested in making our buildings, towns and cities more sustainable, healthier, more efficient and productive places to live? We explore exciting, emerging themes in built environment study and reflect the joined-up, interdisciplinary ways of thinking, communicating and working that are increasingly in demand in industry. And we do it in central London, an inspirational world capital of the building design industry.
Our students are core to our activities, in terms of contributing to the groundbreaking research already underway and in building future research capacity here in the UK and around the world.
Students will have the opportunity to work across disciplinary boundaries across The Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources and across UCL more widely, including through UCL Grand Challenges.
Studying with The Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources is about excelling at your own discipline, and benefiting from thinking and working with interdisciplinary colleagues. This will allow you to develop your research skills, and open up new career opportunities in the broad field of environment, energy and resources.
In REF 2014 46% of The Bartlett’s research was rated 4* i.e. “world-leading”, with a further 35% recognised as 3* i.e. “internationally excellent”.* The Bartlett submitted the largest quantity of 4* world-leading research outputs (156 items) of any university submitting to the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning sub-panel. On “Research Environment”, which grades the “vitality” and “sustainability” of the research environment, the Bartlett received the highest score for submission to the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning sub-panel.
What our students and staff say
"Located at the heart of the world's largest cluster of building design companies and a short journey from the key professional bodies (RIBA, CIBSE, IMechE, RICS) and relevant government departments, studying at UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering will benefit any student. "
Dejan MumovicEnergy MPhil, Environmental Design and Engineering MPhil
UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering
Application and next steps
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
You should prepare your application well before the date you intend to start. It is strongly advised that you identify and contact a potential supervisor before making your application. For more information see our How to Apply page. Those applying for scholarships should take note of their application deadlines.
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